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Extra Thoughts: Revisting Headlines From The Past Week In College Sports

By Matt Noonan

Roughly one or two years ago, we started a weekly column called, “The Sunday Column.” Very catchy, eh?

Well, I’ve officially decided to revamp it, and going forward it’ll be called, “Extra Thoughts.”

Basically, this will be a once a week piece where I provide some insight or thoughts pertaining toward issues or news from the college sports world in Massachusetts.

And without further ado, here are some extra thoughts to kick start your Sunday:

* Keep your eyes pealed on our blog this week, as we’ll be revisiting some of our favorite blogs, articles and stories from this past year. Did you have a favorite? If so, let us know!

* Earlier this week we started a new weekly post with links from across the web. Did you like it? I certainly enjoyed learning more about some of the athletes we cover, especially Dani Rylan, the former Northeastern University women’s ice hockey player, who now runs a coffee shop by herself in East Harlem, New York.

* In today’s Boston Globe, I learnedthat the National Soccer Coaches Association of America named Brandeis University men’s soccer coach Mike Coven this year’s New England Division III Coach of the Year. Coven, who hails from Duxbury, enjoyed a really successful 40th season, as the Judges concluded their campaign with an 18-3-1 record and shared its first University Athletic Association crown. Brandeis made it to the NCAA’s Sweet 16, but was ousted by Williams College.

* I know I have mentioned this before, but I want to congratulate WPI’s men’s basketball team on a terrific start. The Engineers are 10-0, and have earned some impressive wins against Fitchburg State, Husson College, Rhode Island College and Salem State.

* Can the Northeastern men’s ice hockey team rebound in January? They’re currently riding a two-game losing streak and have a lot of ground to make up. Boston College continues to be the toast of the Hockey East, but on their tail is Boston University and New Hampshire.

* Lastly, I was saddened to hear the news via D3Hoops.com that Lasell College is currently mourning the passing of Sean Bertanza, who played for the men’s basketball team. Through nine games this season, Bertanza averaged close to 21 points per game, and was a major contributor for the Lasers in their only win this season.

As noted in the college’s press release, “Sean left his mark on the Newton campus with his exploits on the basketball court, but will be remembered even more fondly for his role as a loyal and caring individual to everyone he came into contact with in the campus community.”

I never had a chance to meet Sean, but want to extend my thoughts during this time to everyone at Lasell College.

Happy Holidays to everyone and make sure to check back next week for our second installment.

Wheaton Women’s Soccer Remains Unbeaten, Reis Closes In On 300 Wins

By Matt Noonan 

This past Saturday, Wheaton College’s women’s soccer team recorded their sixth consecutive shutout in a 4-0 win against the United States Coast Guard Academy, which pushed their overall record to 13-0-2 and conference mark to 6-0.

The win against the Bears pushed the Lyons winning streak to eight games and extended their current unbeaten streak to 15 games.

The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) have the Lyons pegged as seventh in the country and first in New England for Div. III.

Luis Reis is two wins away from reaching the 300-win plateau as the Lyons head coach. If he can obtain two more wins, he’ll become the sixth active Div. III head coach to reach this particular milestone.

Wheaton returns to the grass on Tuesday for a critical New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) against MIT before traveling to Babson College on Saturday.

NSCAA Unveils Preseason Soccer Poll

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By NoontimeSports.com 

On Tuesday, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, (NSCAA) unveiled its first soccer rankings of the season, and a few local squads earned spots in the various divisional lists.

Here are the men and women’s teams that received preseason recognition.

Men’s Soccer:

* In Division I, Boston College was the only squad from Massachusetts to earn a spot in the Top 25 at No. 14, while Brown University secured a spot as the No. 22 team in the country. The Eagles finished their 2011 season with 14 wins, and 15th in the country.

* The only local squad to secure a spot in the Div. II Top 25 was Southern New Hampshire. The Penmen are ranked seventh, and ended their campaign last year with 18 wins. They’ll be the squad to beat in the NE-10 this fall.

* Three teams earned preseason honors in the Division III rankings. Amherst College was listed at No. 6, Babson at No. 18 and Western New England College at No. 23. The Lord Jeffs finished their season with 16 wins, and 10th in the final rankings.

Women’s Soccer:

* Similar to the men’s soccer team, the Boston College women’s squad will begin their season as the No. 11 team in the country. After them, their local rival, Boston University is slated as the No. 23 team in the land.

* Even though they were not ranked, Harvard’s women’s soccer team is one of a few squads receiving votes.

* In Div. II, UMass-Lowell was the only squad to receive a preseason rank at No. 17. Merrimack College, similar to Harvard, is receiving votes.

* Amherst College will begin the season as the No. 7 team in Div. III, while Williams College was slotted at No. 13 and Springfield College at No. 25.